Never heard of this band until last week when Blind Melon’s guitarist Christopher Thorn posted on Facebook that he’ll be spending the summer on the road as a member of Awolnation. Turns out that the music isn’t at all something I’d expect Thorn to be involved with. Techno-soul is maybe the best way to describe it though Megalithic Symphony is a pretty diverse – and danceable – affair. Fans of MGMT (“People”, “Jump on My Shoulders”), The Loyal Divide (“Guilty Filthy Soul”) and TV on the Radio (“Burn it Down”, “Sail”) will most likely find a few songs to their liking and, for some reason, most of the tracks remind me of The New Radicals, who you might remember from their sole hit, “You Get What You Give”.
Turns out Thorn’s involvement shouldn’t come as a big surprise considering he, and Blind Melon bassist Brad Smith, produced an album by Awolnation’s Aaron Bruno’s former band, Under the Influence of Giants. And both contribute to Awolnation’s debut – Thorn plays guitar on “Jump on My Shoulders” and “Sail” and Smith is crediting as “whistling” on “Sail”.
Catch Awolnation on the road this spring and summer.
MAY 7 – Jillian’s of Albany – Albany, NY
MAY 9 – Water Street Music Hall – Rochester, NY
MAY 12 – The Basement – Columbus, OH
MAY 15 – Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
MAY 17 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
MAY 19 – Velvet Jones – Santa Barbara, CA
MAY 21 – Brighthouse Networks Amphitheatre – Bakersfield, CA
MAY 30 – Jacksonville Landing – Jacksonville, FL
JUN 5 – Shoreline – Mountain View, CA